Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he attempted to sign Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard when he was the manage of AC Milan, reports ITV.com.
The experienced coach has admitted that he was desperate to partner the former England skipper with Andrea Pirlo at the Italian giants, but he was unable to break Gerrard's bond with the Merseyside club.
Sounded him out
Despite being unable to land Gerrard, Ancelotti insisted that a partnership involving the Reds veteran and Pirlo would have been 'fantastic'.
Ahead of Real's clash with Liverpool in Wednesday night at Anfield, Ancelotti told reporters: "We had sounded him out but Gerrard's bond with Liverpool was unbreakable.
"I don't remember exactly what year it was but we did try. Of course, I wanted to pair him up with Pirlo, it was a fantastic combination. Putting Gerrard in midfield with Pirlo. It would have been fantastic."
Liverpool fans will certainly be pleased that Gerrard decided to remain at Anfield, as he's been a key man on Merseyside for many years. Now, partnering the likes of Jordan Henderson in the middle of the park at Anfield, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will be hoping he can continue to star for the club for at least another couple of years yet.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid
Both Liverpool and Madrid will head into Wednesday's Champions League clash determined to secure all three points at Anfield. Rodgers' side have made a poor start to this campaign after domestic troubles, but could build valuable momentum with a victory over the Champions League holders.
After one win from their opening two games, Rodgers' side can't afford to have to disappointing results against the Spanish giants, who have secured maximum points in Group B so far.
Madrid will, however, be without Welsh wizard Gareth Bale who has been ruled out of the fixture with an injury. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Co. are expected to start at Anfield, but Gerrard will be hoping the Reds put on a famous European night in front of the Kop.
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